On Saturday, another veteran performer passed away. This time it was reknowned Latina actress, Miriam Colon, who died at the age of 80. Her husband informed the press that Colon died on Friday following medical complications from a pulmonary infection.
While best known for her performance as Al Pacino’s mother in the motion picture Scarface in 1983, Colon made her mark on the entertainment community through various film and television roles, as well as founding the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York. Over the course of decades, Colon collected over 100 acting credits.
Soap fans will remember Miriam as the evil Maria Santos on Guiding Light, and as the on-screen grandmother to Tony Santos played by Days of our Lives Jordi Vilasuso (Dario).
Vilasuso took to Instagram following the news of Colon’s passing expressing: “RIP #MiriamColon my Guiding Light abuela who was an amazing force on screen and off. Thank you for your example, generosity, and inspiration!”
Back in September 2015 Colon received a National Medal of the Arts from then-President Barack Obama. Colon was noted to be a “trailblazer” who “helped open doors for generations of Hispanic actors.”
So, do you remember Maria Santos on Guiding Light and her villainess ways? Share your remembrances on Miriam Colon in the comment section below.